Please be advised that the United States and the Russian Federation are signatories to the Hague Convention of October 5, 1961. In accordance with the Convention, in order for U.S. documents to be valid in Russia, they must bear an apostille certificate confirming the capacity of the government official signing the document, authenticity of the signature and, where appropriate, of the seal or stamp on the document. Documents with apostilles do not require any further legalization.
Issuance of Power of Attorney
Notarized issuance of powers of attorney in the consulates of Russia is made in case these documents are intended for activities in the territory of the Russian Federation.
The consul shall issue a power of attorney on behalf of one or several persons in the name of one or several persons.
The consul shall prove the identity of the trustee (the person issuing the power of attorney) on the basis of the submitted documents (for citizens of the Russian Federation foreign passports).
The consular fee for drawing up and notarizing the power of attorney depends on the type of the power of attorney.
Identification of a person by Documents
While performing consular formalities and notarizing documents, the consul shall identify physical and juridical entities on the basis of the documents submitted by them.
- The identity of a citizen of the Russian Federation shall be established by the consul of the Russian Federation on the basis of:
- The citizen's foreign passport of any type;
- For minors- on the basis of the passport of one of the parents into which their names are entered.
- The identity of a USA citizen shall be established by the consul on the basis of one of the following documents:
- Driver's license;
- The identity of a person without citizenship shall be established on the basis of official documents issued by local authorities.
- Legal competence of a juridical person (office, enterprise, organization) shall be established on the basis of the charter documents (Charter, Foundation Agreement. For not-for-profit organizations — on the basis of General Provisions and registration documents).
- The consul shall also verify the powers of the representative of the juridical person on the basis of:
- Availability of his office certificate with a photograph indicating the fact that the person is the CEO;
- Certified extracts of the minutes about the appointment of the officials empowered to sign documents on behalf of the said legal person;
- Power of attorney for carrying out a specific action.